Suffering from Piles? – Another reason to drink plenty of water

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Haemorrhoids is a condition that is strongly linked with dehydration. The link is actually a very natural slow progression between not getting enough water within the intestines and developing painful piles. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. The understanding of a reason for this is that the digestive system depends on the body staying hydrated in order to pass soft easy stools. The food that is eaten makes its way from the stomach to the large intestine or colon. If there is not enough water in the body already, the large intestine soaks up water from the food waste. This makes stools hard and dry that are difficult to pass. It is more difficult to pass dry stools and more straining will be needed to push it out. This undue straining puts pressure on the blood vessels around the anus, which in the long run can cause inflammation and ultimately lead to piles.

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Since constipation is related to dehydration in the colon, the foremost need is to make sure of drinking lots of water. When the body is properly hydrated, less water will be withdrawn from the colon keeping the stool soft and easy to pass. Constipation defined as changes in the frequency, volume, weight, consistency and ease of passage of the stool occurs in any age group. A study reported that low fluid intake which may be indicative of hypohydration was a cause of constipation and a significant relationship between liquid deprivation from 2500 to 500 ml per day had caused constipation. Several authors have reviewed a few articles that assessed the association between water intake and intestinal constipation in piles. The results suggest that lower water intake is associated with a higher risk of intestinal constipation and thus, it is suggested that a greater water intake could be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of intestinal constipation in people suffering from piles.

Fluid losses induced by diarrhoea and febrile illness are also a reason that alters water balance and promote constipation. Dehydration is also observed when saline laxatives are used for the treatment of constipation if the fluid replacement is not maintained and may affect the efficacy of the treatment. While sulphate in drinking water does not appear to have a significant laxative effect, fluid intake and magnesium sulphate-rich mineral waters were shown to improve constipation in healthy individuals. It is derived from many studies and reports, that fluid loss and fluid restriction leading to dehydration or hypohydration thereby can increase constipation. It is thus important to maintain hydration as prevention of constipation and reduce complications in people with piles.

The first treatment that doctors recommend is to increase water intake. Increasing water intake is an easy non-invasive treatment that is cheap and anyone can accomplish. Health experts recommend at least 8 glasses of water intake in a day. Water has been advised to be one of the best dietary modifications for piles because it helps soften the stools. By softening the stools, the need for straining is negligible, helping towards the prevention of constipation and reducing the risks of piles aggravation. Increasing water intake thus positively helps the body to flush containments from the system and will help in getting the bowels moving. Purified water may be the best option for increasing water intake level while avoiding chemicals that may increase the chances of haemorrhoid problems.

In case, you continue to suffer from piles for a longer period of time, in spite of following above remedies, it is advisable to consult a piles specialist as early as possible. Piles treatment in Chennai is now Pain-Free, thanks to advanced German laser technology implemented at Chennai Laser Gastro for piles removal.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran